A hailstorm, which started in Strathalbyn, has ripped through fruit and cereal crops in SA’s Riverland region.
One local farmer says it caused “hundreds of millions of dollars” of damage.
Extreme weather events are sometimes so cruel with farmers. In one of the newest events, a powerful hailstorm destroyed fruits and cereals across the Riverland Region in South Australia.
This is the fourth consecutive year that production in SA has been heavily impacted by such a weather event.
The damaging hail and furious winds started about 5pm on November 4, 2019, with the worst of the hail falling an hour later.
Local farmer Neville told ABC Radio Adelaide that a 10km-wide area of his family’s farm was hit hard.
“It looks like it’s come up through Murray Bridge, Swan Reach, Wynarka … pretty much in that main strip, anywhere in its path, there’s not a bunch, not an apricot,” he said.
“It would be hundreds of millions of dollars of damage.“
Steve Nitschke, in Loxton, said: “A mate lost most his cereal crop to frost cut for hay but wasn’t a lot of bulk. Left the rest and small hail has wiped out 100 percent.“
Farmers in other areas of South Australia have enjoyed recent rainfall, including on the Yorke Peninsula. Port Broughton-based farmer Matthew McDonald wrote on social media: “200mm of rain for the year since mid-April. Blessed to be harvesting the results we are.“
Mother Nature is so cruel. Grapes, almonds, pecans, stone fruit and cereal crops… Everything destroyed in a couple minutes. [Perth Now]